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Richard Heaton

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  2. richard.heaton@jonlee.co.uk
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Richard is a technical recruiter leading a team dedicated to automation and robotics. With a highly technical understanding and strong knowledge of the sector he is able to provide clients and candidates with a consultative and pragmatic approach to recruitment, offering sincere unbiased advice and support.

Richard has carefully developed a dedicated team to provide a cross section of technical expertise to support any technical discipline your company may require.

If you are looking for a single individual or you wish for us to manage a large recruitment project we can help. If you are a systems integrator, machine tool manufacturer, warehouse automation provider or a technology manufacturer then Richard or a member of his team will be delighted to discuss your need.

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Senior Electronics Engineer (Firmware and Hardware)

A Senior Electronics Engineer with strong experience with designing and developing microprocessors and as well writing the firmware is required for an established manufacturer of automation controllers. The role of Senior Electronics Engineer includes: To develop next generation technology though upgrading existing controllers and designing new boards with the latest advances in component technology. Design entire board from scratch Assemble boards for testing prior to production Write firmware and continue to update the firmware for all controllers over it's life. Continue to innovate, developing additional board to add to the range of products Integrate analogue and digital hardware Programme in C and C++ The suitable candidate for this role of Senior Electronics Engineer will need to possess the following skills and personal attributes: Experience with designing microprocessors down to component level Board assembly and testing experience C and C++ programming experience BEng, Phd in electronics is essential Passion for electronics and automating processes Experience with PLC controllers highly advantageous Happy to work independently without supervision but who enjoys being part of a wider technical team. You will have your own office/workshop with responsibility for developing the next generation technology within an agreed time frame. If you have the desired skills for this role of Senior Electronics Engineer and the passion for product development, then please click on the link to apply or contact on 01384 446 105

Permanent / Coventry, West Midlands

Sales Engineer - Robotics and Automation

A Sales Engineer with experience of selling capital equipment and/or software, related to connected manufacturing technologies associated with industry 4.0 and IOT. The automated systems typically consist of robotics, pneumatics and electronics integrated with PLC's and linked to monitoring software and autonomous material handling applications. The role of Sales Engineer will include: Identifying new potential customers in need of automated/integrated systems. New business development, convert leads generated from incoming enquiries, referrals and trade show attendance. Visit clients to understand their requirement and work with them to conceptualise the specification. Sell the robotic applications and push to integrate autonomous technology to compliment the added value offering. Target clients within warehouse automation, assembly operations and manufacturing. The suitable candidate for Sales Engineer will need to have the following skills and experience: Background in technical solution sales Technically able to suggest automated solutions to meet the customers specification Experience or strong interest in industry 4.0 technologies and smart factories. Knowledge of automation, robotics or capital equipment sales is essential. If you have the required skills and experiences for this role of Sales Engineer and you are looking for a stable and exciting career with a leading manufacturer of automated systems, then please click on the link to apply. In return we can offer a competitive salary with excellent working conditions.

Permanent / Birmingham, West Midlands

Buyer - Manufacturing

A Buyer is required for a Birmingham based manufacturer of automated production machinery. The role of Buyer will include: Working from a bill of material to order parts for production Progress chase suppliers to ensure all parts are delivered in time for the start of the build Review current purchasing process and implement a more efficient way of ordering Take engineering drawings and engage with external machining companies to quote for the work. Chase suppliers to ensure on time deliveries ready for production Supplier consolidation The suitable candidate for Buyer will suit someone with the following experience: Purchaser or buyer looking for a role where you have autonomy to make the department you own. Purchasing experience within a manufacturing environment. Experience with purchasing electro-mechanical components is desirable but not essential. If you have the required experience for this buyer position and you are seeking a position where you have autonomy then please click on the link to apply.

Permanent / Birmingham, West Midlands

Multi-Skilled Machine Tool Fitter - Special Purpose Machinery

A Multi-Skilled Machine Tool Fitter with experience of assembling complex special purpose machinery is required for an established manufacturer of robotics and automated solutions. The role of Multi-Skilled Machine Tool Fitter includes the following: Working to an engineering drawing to build unique equipment, incorporating robots, pneumatics, motors, sensors, actuators, conveyors and positioning systems. Basic machine wiring connecting the control panel to the various machine parts schematic. General bench working is required to cut profile, tap holes and make minor adjustments to parts to make them fit. Escalate issues with design at the earliest stage possible to ensure a prompt resolution. The suitable candidate for Multi-Skilled Machine Tool Fitter will need to possess the following skills and experience: General bench working skills able to manufacture simple brackets. Able to read a mechanical drawing and pneumatic diagram. Wiring and fitting of sensors and stepper motors. Technical qualifications are not essential. If you have the required skills and experience for this role of Multi-Skilled Machine Tool Fitter then please click on the link to apply. In return for your experience we can offer an attractive salary working for a leading manufacturer of robotics and automated systems.

Permanent / Farnborough, Hampshire

Project Manager - Bespoke Machinery - Design and Build

A Project Manager with experience of managing multiple concurrent projects to design and manufacture special purpose machinery is required for a Midlands based system integrator. The role of Project Manager will include: Working with design teams, assembly teams and the end customers to ensure the specifications of the project are met and delivered on time. Review the design of the equipment ensuring that the functionality meets the specification criteria. Challenge designs where you see improvement opportunities including ease of build, better functionality and cost savings Manage circa 5 or 6 projects currently, working closely with production and the customer advising on estimated delivery schedule. The suitable candidate will need to possess the following skills: Experienced Project Manager either having worked within special purpose machine manufacturing or as an engineer specifying machinery for manufacture. This could be as a Project Engineer or Process Engineer for example. The most important requirement is that you have strong project management skills and you are able to look at a solution to ensure is compliance and its functionality against a specification. Technical qualification in Engineering is highly desirable. This a wonderful opportunity to join an ambitious and forward thinking business fully engaged with industry 4.0 strategies. If you have the required skills and experience, then please click on the link to apply. In return for your experience, we can offer an attractive salary with an excellent working environment where ingenuity and entrepreneurialism is encouraged.

Permanent / Birmingham, West Midlands

Sales and Marketing Executive China

A Sales and Marketing Executive China is required to support an innovative robotics technology based manufacturer based in Leicester. A Key Sales and Marketing Executive is required for an UK innovative robotics technology developer based in Leicester. This is a key position with responsibility for leveraging existing business and promoting GA in the Chinese market in order to realise substantial growth in export sales. This role requires an individual who is familiar and aligned with Chinese business practices, understands robotic vehicle technologies and is a fluent Mandarin and English (spoken and written). Candidates should be able to demonstrate their ability to present GA in a manner similar to Chinese business to business culture. An international business degree gained in the UK is essential. A first degree from a Chinese university would be an advantage, The role of Chinese Sales and Marketing Executive includes the following: Establishing Chinese social media sites, develop content appropriate to Chinese market. Sites to include WeChat, Weibo, ChinaAGV and Chinese language blogs To proactively refresh and update social media sites to maintain alignment with UK messages and generate target market interest Develop, update and maintain Chinese website version content and use analytics to assess performance (visitors, click through counts, pages viewed, time spent Search engine optimization (SEO) optimizing for Baidu. Upload blogs highlight Chinese industry trends, technology trends and Guidance automation technology news. Work with third party marketing companies to generate press releases, Chinese marketing material, International travel to China, Asia pacific region and UK Promotion of company via Chinese web platform Weibo, Baidu and We Chat. Chinese Market activity analysis to understand what works and what doesn't and create a best practice approach and marketing plan for China. The suitable candidate for Sales and Marketing Executive China will need to possess the following skills and experience: The Chinese market is the fastest growing robotics market and offers the largest export opportunity for Guidance Automations advanced Guidance, Navigation technologies. In order to maximize market export potential a Marketing resource with the following capabilities is a critical. Degree in International Marketing, journalism or associated experienced Local knowledge of Chinese business culture and relationship building skills Ability to assist company representatives in all matters of marketing/sales and relationship building Natural Chinese culture empathy able to align with Chinese buying visions and practices Expert knowledge of social media platforms and web search engines within China such as Weibo, We Chat and Baidu Experience with promoting Robotics products, technology or services using social media tools in China. SEO knowledge for web content (Baidu) Experience with proof reading and good literacy skills with Chinese (formal and informal style) is essential Experience with graphic design software such as Photoshop for print marketing activity is desirable. Language skills: Mandarin (Informal and formal) is essential Fluent English Location of position: Leicester Closing date for applications is Wednesday 15th August 2018

Permanent / Leicester, Leicestershire

Solution Sales Engineer - Special Purpose Machinery

A Solution Sales Engineer with experience of selling bespoke special purpose machinery and standard parts for machine builders is required for a manufacturer of pneumatic systems and bespoke automated production equipment. Location: Home based covering between Birmingham and London. The preferred candidate can live anywhere between these two Cities. The role of Solution Sales Engineer will include: Identify key customers such as system integrators and manufacturers involved in metal forming. Provide a consultative approach understanding the customer's requirement to provide them with a bespoke machine to meet their needs. Sell a range of products used in the manufacture of special purpose machinery such as pneumatics, hydraulics and control systems. The suitable candidate for Solution Sales Engineer will need to possess the following experience: Solution sales engineer with experience of specifying complex turnkey solutions. knowledge of pneumatics and hydraulics is highly desirable Technical qualification is engineering is essential. If you have the suitable experience required for this position of Solution Sales Engineer then please click on the link to apply. In return for your experience we can offer a comprehensive package with excellent benefits working for a global manufacturer of automated machinery.

Permanent / Birmingham, West Midlands

CAD Engineer

A CAD designer with experience of producing engineering drawings in 2D and 3D, preferably using Solidworks, is needed to support a specialist manufacturer of pressed, laser cut and welded products. The role of CAD Designer includes the following: Take customer drawings, many are had drawn or basic 3D/2D and convert them in to 2D or 3D engineering drawing for the fabricators to work from to produce the parts. Deal directly with customers to ask questions and to provide advice on the feasibility of their enquiry, making recommendations where necessary. Work closely with production to assist with any queries from the shop floor The suitable candidate for this role of CAD Designer will need to possess the following skills and experience: Solidworks is preferable, however experience with Inventor and AutoCAD will be fine. Knowledge of fabrication processes such as Punch Presses, guillotines, laser cutting is highly advantageous. An individual who enjoys working as part of a team, sharing ideas and knowledge is essential. This is a wonderful opportunity to work for a an established and well organised manufacturer of fabricated parts. If you have the suitable skills and aspirations for this role of CAD Designer then we would like to hear from you. To apply, please click on the link below. The closing date for applications is Friday 20th July

Permanent / Kidderminster, Worcestershire

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  • The automation team at Jonathan Lee has taken the time to understand our business requirements, developing local relationships with the individual sites via visits to our locations to ensure the quality of candidates is of a high standard. Furthermore, Jonathan Lee has attributed a member of its Client Services team to act as a senior level contact for Knapp. This ensures there is a high-level of pro-active engagement with us as a customer not only in the traditional recruitment process but also in areas that can indirectly contribute to our business relationship. Should anyone be looking for a recruitment partner with in-depth industry knowledge in automation that operates in an ethical, partnership-based manner I can highly recommend the team at Jonathan Lee.

    Alexia English

    Human Resources Manager